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NEF Block Kids

NEF - NAWIC Education Foundation

NEF - NAWIC Education Foundation


The Construction Industry faces a workforce shortage that poses a serious problem for our national economy. In order to meet the demand for construction, the industry needs to attract, educate and train about 240,000 newcomers annually. 

The award-winning Block Kids Program introduces children to the construction industry in an effort to create an awareness of and to promote an interest in future careers in one of the many facets of the industry. Sponsors include NAWIC Chapters and other organizations. 

The Block Kids Building Program is a national building competition which is sponsored by NAWIC Chapters and other organizations that wish to promote children in grades K-12 about construction careers. The program is non-discriminatory and as such is open to all elementary school children in grades Kindergarten (K) through sixth (6). All eligible children must participate through a recognized Sponsor. 

The History of Block Kids

Erma Lamousin, member of the Gr. Mississippi Gulf Coast NAWIC Chapter, initiated the first contest held in Biloxi.

Erma shared the idea with president-elect Carol Ericson of the Connecticut/New York Line chapter who enlisted Susan Levy, past NAWIC president, to write guidelines. Carol then recruited NAWIC President Judy Short of the Cincinnati Ohio chapter to assist the contest kickoff with a special presentation at the 1989 NAWIC Convention in Seattle, WA.

Erma’s granddaughter, Natalie Smith, designed the NAWIC Bock Kids who were then named in a special contest “Connie Struction” and “Bill Dit".

The NAWIC Milwaukee Chapter hosts this event in the first quarter of the year.

NEF - NAWIC Education Foundation

NEF - NAWIC Education Foundation

NEF - NAWIC Education Foundation


 NAWIC Education Foundation“Educating the construction industry today…….and tomorrow” 

  • NEF-EDU, The NAWIC Education Foundation was established in 1972 by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).  NEF is an IRS 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and is governed by a Board of Trustees.

Core Purpose

  • NEF provides educational opportunities and programs to benefit and promote the construction industry.

Core Values

  • The Board adopts these Core Values as aspirational yet integral to fulfilling the Core Purpose.


  • Delivering innovative education programs exceeding the expectations of the construction community.


  • Investing in the growth of the construction industry through education.


  • Setting the standard without compromise. 

In addition to community outreach programs such as Block Kids and Camp NAWIC, NEF offers certifications such as:

  • CBT- Construction Booking Technician
  • Whether you aspire to be an accounts payable clerk or a full charge bookkeeper, you will understand how to perform your job by learning about the whole system of bookkeeping.
  • CCA - Certified Construction Associate
    A advanced six-part self study course in construction terminology, procedures and processes. Participants receive a Certified Construction Associate certificate after successfully passing all six exams. 
  • CDT - Construction Document Technician
  • A comprehensive understanding of the project’s construction documents is necessary to prepare an estimate for submitting a bid and to prepare a project schedule for controlling costs after the contract is awarded. 
  • CIS - Construction Industry Specialist
    This comprehensive introductory look at the construction industry will prepare the participant for further training and educational opportunities needed in the various construction career pathways. 
  • CIT - Construction Industry Technician
  • The CIT represents an overview of the construction industry and its processes. Lessons to be covered include such subjects as type of construction, forms of business ownership, contractual arrangements, contract documents, and the construction process 
  • ESP - Estimated & Scheduling Practitioner  
    Learn about various types of estimates and the skills of an estimator. Learn a step-by-step approach in preparing project schedules utilizing the critical path method and precedence schedules.